INTERVIEW: The Invisible World
Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Thank you! We have been fantastic, still recovering from a wild Ep release show last weekend, but looking forward to a busy summer promoting the release.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single (title track) “Color/Echo”?
“Color/Echo” is a stream of consciousness song that speaks to the experience of leading a purposeful life. The last line of the chorus is the theme of the song, “get on..get it out..get it right”, meaning that we all have ideas and ambitions in our heads; but until those things get out into the world, until they have color and echo, they are no good to anyone but yourself.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
It’s funny I think that like a lot of songs at the very beginning can start out being about one thing or another and then it evolves into so much more than what was intended. Sometimes I don’t even know what a song is totally about until after I have written it and had time to sit and reflect later. I’ve found that most of our songs don’t revolve around a specific moment, but rather a collection of moments; maybe even a span of years, in which certain emotions or tones were present in our lives. Those periods of time leave imprints on the music… sort of like an echo that is repeated into the future by giving the song a chance to live and be heard.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
We do plan to release a video for a song from the record but it may end up being a different song. We are still in the planning phase for it but we hope to have some details on it soon!
Why naming the album after this track in particular?
This track actually had a different title for quite a while but it was more of a bookmark until we could find a song title that fit it. We were discussing what we should call the record and we came up with “Color/Echo” While we were recording this song we just kind of realized that the song embodies what the record was about and it just seemed like the right fit for this song. So I guess you could say we named the song after the album. Haha.
How was the recording and writing process?
To be honest recording the EP was quite an undertaking. We got together in the spring of 2015 with plans to live track the whole thing because we wanted to get that energy and feel of our live shows in the recording. In the end we scrapped almost everything from our weekend spring session and shortly after that I (Jesse) had to have surgery to remove a two inch kidney stone which resulted in some infections, a virus, and some lengthy hospital stays. This really slowed things down for a period, but we came back energized and ready to go! We spent the following months working hard to finish what we started and the result is this EP that we are very proud of.
Does KC play a role in your music?
Kansas City definitely plays a role in our music. This music scene is one that, as musicians, we have been a part of for 15 years, it is an evolving and emerging scene that has so much great music coming out of it. This question makes me think of something that we have had the opportunity to be a part of the last two years. We have this fantastic organization based out of KC called Midwest Music Foundation. They are an amazing source for musicians that call KC and the midwest home. Every year they head up MidCoast Takeover in Austin, Tx which takes place during the SXSW music festival. It is literally Kansas City in Austin, you walk in and you are transported back home. We played our set this past March and this couple came over to me at our merch table and said that they were from KC and lived just down the road from the venue. They had been out on a walk checking out the madness that is sxsw and they heard our music coming from Shangri-La so they decided to check out what was happening there. When they walked in they saw Royals shirts and Boulevard Beer everywhere and they felt like they were back home in KC. Maybe it’s just because it’s home to us, but it feels like people with KC connections always seek each other out. Like there’s a sort of magnetism that we can sense. As a band, we feed off that positive energy, and it undoubtedly has had an effect on us.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
I think the inspiration for the songs and lyrics comes from a variety of different places such as the music we listen to, events that are going on in our lives and anything else going on in the world that catches our attention. A lot of times I start out with a lyric or line that gets stuck in my head and the only way to get it out is to just sit down pick up my guitar and start playing. On the record we have a song called “Brick by Brick” it’s kind of a nostalgic song that I wrote about being a teenager before we all had our own homes that we could go hang out at. So you had to get a few friends together, pile in whoever had the biggest car and go drive around some back roads blasting whatever the newest album was that everyone was getting into. I think in a broad scope, this EP has a lot of focus on growing out of old ways – sometimes looking back with nostalgia, other times realizing that you are your own worst enemy when it comes to embracing a changing life. There’s nothing wrong with either of those, you should be able to remember the past with a fondness and it’s absolutely true that change is intimidating, but being able to hold those things in duality with the unimaginable future is a way of being that leads to a purposeful existence.
Any plans to hit the road?
Getting on the road is definitely in the plans; we have some midwest shows in the works as well as a handful of festival type gigs. As we get more shows booked we will add them to our website as well as all of our social media sites.
What else is happening next in The Invisible World’s world?
World Domination?We have a lot of things that we are working on, but in general we hope to be playing out and getting our music to as many folks as possible. We have learned a lot and we just hope to feed off of the momentum we have started to build.
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